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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 25, 2019

Happy Birthday To One Of Our Most Respected Actresses, Boots Anson Roa!

BOOTS ANSON ROA is one of our most respected actresses. Most of our top female stars joined the movies in their teens while still single. Boots has the singular distinction of debuting as a movie actress when she was already married with kids. It was the late actor-director Eddie Rodriguez who got her first and introduced her as his leading lady in the action-drama, “El Perro Gancho”, in 1968 when she was already 23 years old.

Viewers liked her so much that she was soon doing four to five movies a year. And she quickly became a favorite leading lady of the top actors of the time, including the late Fernando Poe Jr. with whom she did “Santiago” and “Ang Kampana sa Sta. Quiteria” both in 1970, “Sto. Domingo” in 1972, “Ang Agila at ang Araw” in 1973, “Anino ng Araw” in 1975.

She also did a series of “Erap” domestic comedies with Joseph Estrada and she won the FAMAS best actress award in 1973 for her performance in “Tatay na si Erap”. She has not retired and continues to be active playing mother and grandmother roles in both movies and teleseryes.

Boots is turning a year older soon and we got this very nice invitation from her that we would like to share with you, our dear readers.

“They say that for a woman to live a full life, she has  to give birth, plant a tree and write a book.

“Thanks to my late husband Pete, I have four children. “Thanks to my husband Atty. King Rodrigo, I just planted an atis tree last week on our little patch garden in Tagaytay.  Thanks again to King, I can now write a book for publication on my 75th birthday on January 30, 2020.

“Significantly, King is turning 80 this June 14, 2019, simultaneously with our 5th wedding anniversary. I wish we could give you a sensational headliner like “ we are having a baby”, but that would warrant a miracle and that would be the ultimate “fake news”.

“But we have blessings enough that that we would like to share with you and our closest friends in media: our joyful union, our family, our work , endeavors and advocacies, senior moments, as well as plans for the years ahead that God will grant us.

“I shall turn 74 this January 30, 2019. King would like to invite you. It is not often that we personally host gatherings like this to thank our friends in media. Please honor us with your presence. We promise you a meaningful and enjoyable afternoon.”

Thanks for inviting us, Boots. We wish you more birthdays to come, and more wonderful blessings for you and Atty. King. May you both have good health always! May you also continue to be a guiding light in the local film industry, especially for the members of the MOWELFUND which you now lead.